No fewer than seven people have been reportedly shot dead by armed robbers in Osun State on Wednesday evening.
The State Police Command confirmed that four of its officers were among those shot dead by the armed robbers.
According to PREMIUM TIMES, eye witnesses recounted that the operations were carried out at a First Bank in Ikire and Access Bank in Apomu around 6:00 p.m.
The robbers also attacked Ikire Divisional Police Headquarters and killed four police officers before they went on to attack three residents.
The police spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, confirmed the incident in an interview on Thursday morning.
She said the armed robbers were about 35 and they came in five vehicles to carry out the operations.
“They attacked Ikire Divisional Police HQ and the Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) pinned down at Ikoyi-Osun with several explosive devices and several gun firing in a bid to subdue the capacity of the Police while attempting to Rob First Bank Ikire and Access Bank Apomu respectively.
“It is unfortunate that ASP Osho Oluranti, Inspector Lekan Olalere, Two (2) Special Constabularies; namely Oladeni Olalekan, and Oyedeji Muyideen were shot dead in the process.
“On sighting the overwhelming Policemen Comprising: Prompt response Response Unit (PRU), CP’s Surveillance team, IRT Operatives, STS, 39 PMF, JTF, along with the local Security outfits, who swiftly engaged them in a fierce gun duel, the Robbers began to flee.” PREMIUM TIMES reported.